Rep. Grace F. Napolitano is a strong advocate for securing clean, inexpensive water supply that we can rely on even in times of drought. She has fought for increased water recycling, improved water conservation, and environmental protections for our natural sources of drinking water.
Napolitano has recently coauthored two bipartisan bills to assist with the Los Angeles County Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit from the State Regional Water Quality Control Board:
1. H.R. 2355, the Water Infrastructure Flexibility Act, would provide regulatory flexibility and affordability assistance to cities with the implementation of Clean Water Act permits. It is supported by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the National League of Cities, and the National Association of Counties.
2. H.R. 2510, the Water Quality and Job Creation Act, provides funds to support cities in implementing the LA County MS4 permit, as well as improve water supply infrastructure to manage future droughts. The bill provides $4.85 billion in EPA grants and $20 billion in EPA loans for cities and local agencies to construct storm water projects, water recycling and reuse projects, groundwater recharge projects, and water pollution control projects.
In 2010, Napolitano introduced H.R. 4349, the Hoover Dam Power Allocation Act, which would authorize the Hoover Dam to continue operating for another 60 years and give Native American tribes and other groups new access to its power. The Hoover Dam provides electricity for 29 million people, and Lake Mead, the body of water behind the dam, is a critical source of water for millions of Californians. President Obama signed the legislative language into law on Dec. 20, 2011.
Napolitano has been a long-time champion for cleaning up local groundwater and making it safe to drink. She has helped secure more than $80 million in federal funds for the San Gabriel Basin Restoration Fund, which pumps water out of the ground at several San Gabriel Valley Facilities and removes chemical contaminants potentially hazardous to human health.
Since 1999, Napolitano has worked to ensure the removal of a dangerous, 16 million-ton mass of uranium waste near the Colorado River in the town of Moab, Utah. This heap of uranium waste was leeching into the river and posed a health threat to the 38 million people in California, Nevada, Arizona, and other western states who get their water from the Colorado River. Napolitano supported increased clean-up funding which was included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and to date 4.5 million tons have been safely disposed of, with cleanup estimated to be finished in 2019.
Napolitano has also opposed efforts to weaken clean water regulations. In 2011, she opposed H.R. 2018, the Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act, which would have lowered national clean water standards. She believes environmental water regulations that protect human health should remain strong and our drinking water must be kept free from contamination.
Napolitano is a member and former top Democrat on the House Committee on Natural Resources’ Subcommittee on Water, Power, and Oceans. She has served on the Natural Resources Committee throughout her tenure in Congress.
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(Washington, DC) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, called for a balance of economic growth and public health at a hearing on the Administration’s FY2016 Budget for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
(Washington, DC) Today, at a joint House and Senate hearing, “The Impacts Of The Proposed Waters of the United States Rule on State and Local Governments,” Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32) called for protection of clean water while providing regulatory certainty to water agencies, residents, and businesses.
(Washington, DC) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano was elected unanimously to serve as Ranking Member of the Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment.
(Washington, D.C.) Tonight, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano released the following response to President Obama’s State of the Union address:
(Washington, DC) Today, Reps. Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32), John Garamendi (CA-03), Lois Capps (CA-24), and Jared Huffman (CA-02) joined 22 of their Democratic colleagues to reintroduce H.R. 291,“W21: Water in the 21st Century,” to help communities nationwide better prepare for the future by providing new incentives and investments to help local water agencies, residents, and businesses to conserve, recycle and manage limited water supplies. U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) today also reintroduced the Senate companion to this bill.
(Washington, DC) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32) released the following statement after voting against H.R. 83, the Consolidated and Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015:
(Washington, D.C.) Today, Rep. Grace Napolitano (CA-32) released the following statement on the passage of H.R. 5781, the California Emergency Drought Relief Act:
(Washington, DC) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32) released the following statement on the awarding of $121 million contract to Northrop Grumman of Azusa by NASA for the construction and implementation of a new weather forecasting instrument:
(Irwindale, CA) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32) spoke at the Irwindale Chamber of Commerce’s legislative forum at the Edison Energy Education Center, regarding the economy, water and California’s drought, transportation projects, small business, and immigration reform.
(Washington, DC) Today, Reps. Grace F. Napolitano (D-El Monte) and Judy Chu (D-Monterey Park) sent a letter to Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, renewing efforts to protect the San Gabriel Mountains by designating the area as a national monument. Local area members, Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley), and Linda Sanchez (D-Cerritos), also joined the Congresswomen in support, stating: